Patrick and Teresa Royan started their family farming adventure in 2017, having always dreamed of settling in the Aptos area close to the beach yet away from the hustle of city life. They were soon followed by their daughter Amber and our two wonderful, energetic grandsons, Austin and Jonny. With 26 acres to manage in beautiful Pleasant Valley, it was soon learned that practicing a “divide and conquer” approach was the best path to success. Teresa quickly got up to speed on olive orchard and farming management while Pat, having always dreamed of owning a vineyard, prepared 10 acres of land for future vine planting. In 2019 his dream became a reality when the land was transformed into a glorious vineyard with five grape varietals, including Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Cabernet Franc.
Horses grazing in the morning at Pleasant Valley Farms.
Amber, our resident expert horse trainer, having an extensive background in planning and organizing, manages the 6 acre equine boarding facilities. Today, 18 beautiful horses, two mini-horses, two goats, two ducks, and an incredible variety of birds and other wildlife roam the pastures, orchard, and vineyards and enjoy the peaceful vibe of this incredible valley. Kevin, Pat’s brother, concert lighting specialist, keeps farm operations running smoothly by overseeing many projects and activities when he’s in between gigs. Taylor, our youngest daughter and up and coming environmental toxicologist, inspires us with her artwork and lends a helping hand when she’s not working at her day job or traveling the world.
To say we are grateful for all we have learned and experienced over the past few years would be an understatement. The wonders of this amazing land challenge us every day and bring us new and exciting opportunities to grow and learn from. There is no greater pleasure than to watch our kids and grandkids discover the wonders of living in harmony with nature.
“We are so blessed to be temporary land stewards of this magical place that we call our home. Farming is a true art form that we respect and strive to perfect each and every day.”
– The Royan Family